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Smoke/Fire Restoration

We understand that experiencing something like this is difficult. Rest assured ServiceMaster Restore is the right company and has the qualified technicians to restore your property.

This is most likely your first fire related loss. However, at ServiceMaster Restore we have helped people through this process countless times. Years of experience have led us to advanced scientific methods, techniques and products for restoring buildings and personal property.

Understanding Fire and Smoke Damage:

During a fire, smoke is driven by heat created by flames. Smoke also combines with humidity and can form corrosive residues that may cause secondary damage. Long after the fire is put out, the damage can continue, as remaining free-floating smoke settles on horizontal surfaces and contents. Fire does burn but residual smoke may burn as well. Quick response and action are critical. The more time that elapses before treatment, the greater the damage.

What to do while you wait for professional help:

  • Corrosive by-products can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours. Call a professional for help.

  • If the temperature is above 60°F, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.

  • Clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.

  • Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.

  • Tape damp cheesecloth over air returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.

  • Discard any open food packages.

  • If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave the door(s) propped open.

  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.

What NOT to do:

  • Do NOT touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing additional damage.

  • Do NOT wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.

  • Do NOT attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.

  • Do NOT use electrical appliances until having them checked.

  • Do NOT use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

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